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Master of Arts in Teaching - Columbus State University

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Master of Arts in Teaching

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Special Education degree is designed for individuals holding a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching field who wish to obtain a teaching certificate and master's degree in Special Education. The MAT provides professional and pedagogical studies that develop proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and habits of beginning teachers.

Educator Preparation at Columbus State University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

All educator preparation programs are approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the M.A.T. program and passing scores on the appropriate Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) basic skills and content tests allow the candidate to be recommended to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for teacher certification at the T-5 level (i.e., the letter “T” indicates that the certificate is in a teaching field and the number “5” indicates that the candidate’s highest degree is a master’s degree recognized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission).

Admission Requirements

  • Degree in related field or a minimum of 25 semester hours of approved coursework
  • Transcript evaluation to determine content courses needed for certification.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (regular admission) or 2.50 (provisional admission) on all undergraduate work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree
  • Satisfactory scores on the general portion (quantitative and verbal) of the Revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with "writing assessment" component; OR passing scores on the GACE content examinations required in the intended teacher certification field
  • Admission to Teacher Education – Go to for additional information.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of characteristics of the learner with special needs
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the use and administration of assessment instruments and strategies
  • Demonstrate competence in instructional strategies and techniques
  • Demonstrate competence in classroom management
  • Demonstrate competence in communication and consultation

Additional Program Requirements

  • Students must earn a 3.0 GPA calculated on all graduate work attempted. "Academic Forgiveness" policy does not apply to graduate studies
  • Students cannot graduate with a grade of "C" or below in more than two (2) graduate courses
  • A minimum of 27 hours of the hours required for the degree must be earned in residence (75%). Asynchronous (online) and distance learning courses administered through Columbus State University constitute courses taken in residence
  • A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of transfer credit or courses taken at CSU prior to full admission to a masters degree program may be applied toward the degree. Courses with earned grades of "C" or below cannot be transferred. The student’s advisor and the coordinator of the program in which the student is enrolled must approve any courses transferred
  • All degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) years of first enrollment.

An active TK20 account is a required resource for this program because selected assignments must be submitted electronically using this online platform. TK20 is used by the university to maintain our accreditation, to demonstrate the quality of our academic programs, and to improve teaching and learning.

For additional information about the program and admission to CSU, contact COEHP Graduate Studies at 706-568-2301.

Program of Study

Area 1 Foundations Required Hours: 6 
EDCI 6225 American Education
EDCI 6226 Instructional Applications
EDCI 6227 Foundations of Education: Human Development, Motivation & Learning

Area 2 Teaching Field Studies Required Hours: 27 
SPED 3215 Assessment and Prescription in Special Education
SPED 3275 Behavior Management for Students with Disabilities
SPED 4245 Methods and Materials for Teaching Children with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
SPED 6189 Nature & Characteristics of Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
SPED 6265 Advanced Assessment of Exceptional Children/Youth
SPED 6295 Specific Strategies for Teaching Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
EDRG 6245 Assessment and Classroom Instruction (or Equivalent Reading Course)
EDRG 6148 Psychology of Reading
EDRG 6118 Methods and Materials for Teaching Reading

Area 3 Graduate Core Required Hours: 3
EDUF 6116 Research Methods

Area 4 The Practice of Education Required Hours: 9-13 
EDUT 6105 Technology Infusion
EDCI 6698 Teaching Internship (2 semesters - 6 hrs.) OR EDCI 6485 Student Teaching (one semester - 10 hrs.)

Other Requirements: EDUF 6000 Exit Exam

Total Required Hours: 45-49

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